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Wrestling fans heading to the 44th annual Big Ole tournament on Saturday will have the opportunity to see some of the state’s top ranked individuals and teams in action.

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The annual tournament will also be the last one held at Jefferson High School as next season the contest will be held inside the new Alexandria Area High School.

“With the new high school opening next fall the Big Ole tournament will move to a new location, but no doubt the tradition of one of the oldest and toughest tournament in our state will continue on,” head coach Tom Ellison said.

Second ranked Frazee and 12th ranked Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg are the two Class A teams recognized in the state polls heading into this weekend’s competition. Alexandria will also face off with Albany, Morris Area, Minnewaska, Wadena/Deer Creek, Moorhead, Rocori and St. Cloud Apollo in the 10 team competition.

A total of 16 wrestlers from the tournament’s 10 teams are state ranked, including Alexandria’s Trent Piepenburg and Justin Cumberbatch.

Wrestling in the Big Ole tournament is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

RANKED WRESTLERS COMPETING SATURDAY

CLASS A – FRAZEE – Tanner Reetz – sixth, 113 pounds; Byron Byer – fifth, 120 pounds; Austin Skillings – ninth, 132 pounds; Hunter Sorenson – ninth, 138 pounds; Kody VanDenEykel – sixth, 182 pounds; Garrett Malstrom – third, 285 pounds; KMS – Cody Peters – fourth, 126 pounds; Jordan Engler – fifth, 132 pounds; Zach Carlson – first, 160 pounds; Chase Norton – eighth, 195 pounds; MINNEWASKA – Ryan Stottler – fifth, 170 pounds

CLASS AAA – ALEXANDRIA – Trent Piepenburg – 10th, 132 pounds; Justin Cumberbatch – third, 195 pounds; MOORHEAD – Kenny Mark – ninth, 132 pounds; Samuel Grove – eighth, 152 pounds; ST. CLOUD APOLLO – Bryce Kirchner – fourth, 285 pounds

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Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is the sports editor at the Pierce County Herald. Before working at the Herald, Blaze was a sports reporter at the Alexandria Echo Press for one year and 10 months. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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